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NASA fuel tank's trip through LA could snarl traffic this weekend. Here's how to avoid it

A massive external tank for NASA's space shuttle program is shown in this photo shared by Lockheed Martin.
Lockheed Martin
File: A massive external tank for NASA's space shuttle program is shown in this photo shared by Lockheed Martin.

ET is coming — that is, the ET-94 space shuttle fuel tank, inching its way through Los Angeles and heralded by traffic advisories. That includes affecting traffic at Los Angeles International Airport. If you aren't that inclined to go see it and just want to avoid the traffic jams, here's where L.A. officials are recommending you avoid and when.

Also, while there are times for these streets to reopen, the city cautions that those times are contingent on the fuel tank moving through each area by then, plus the utility work that needs to be completed after it passes.

ET-94's trip will affect more than 50 intersections in Los Angeles, said Russell Hasan, a transportation engineer associate with the Los Angeles Department of Transportation. Other impacts include the cutting down of trees and, of course, making sure ET-94 isn't in danger of hitting any buildings.

Click here to skip down to the maps of the closures and the tank's movements.

Where to avoid

Friday, May 20 (9 p.m.)-Saturday, May 21 (6 a.m.)

  • Fiji Way to Lincoln Boulevard
  • Lincoln Boulevard north to Mindanao Way
  • Mindanao Way east to the California 90 Freeway
  • The California 90 Freeway east to Culver Boulevard
  • Culver Boulevard west back to Lincoln Boulevard
  • Lincoln Boulevard south to Manchester Avenue

Saturday, May 21 (1 a.m.-9:30 a.m.)

  • Lincoln Boulevard south to Westchester Parkway
  • Westchester Parkway east to Arbor Vitae Street
  • Arbor Vitae Street east into the City of Inglewood

Saturday, May 21, 2016 (1:30 a.m.-9 p.m.)

  • Manchester Avenue east to Vermont Avenue
  • Vermont Avenue north Martin Luther King Jr Boulevard
  • Martin Luther King Jr Boulevard east to Bill Robertson Lane
  • Bill Robertson Lane to final destination at the California Science Center

LAX traffic

The fuel tank is expected to move through the LAX area between about 5 a.m. and 9 a.m. on Saturday. It's expected to cross Sepulveda Boulevard between about 6:30 a.m. and 7:30 a.m., reaching West Arbor Vitae between about 8 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. and then move on to Inglewood.

Passengers heading to LAX from the north were advised to plan ahead and add extra time, especially if taking a morning flight between 6 a.m. and 9 a.m.

These alternate routes were suggested in a press release:

  • Southbound I-405 to westbound Manchester Boulevard to southbound Sepulveda Boulevard
  • Southbound I-405 to westbound Century Boulevard
  • Westbound I-105 to northbound Sepulveda Boulevard
  • Southbound Pershing Drive to eastbound Imperial Highway to northbound Sepulveda Boulevard

ET-94 Traffic Management Plan

This story has been updated.